Western Asiatic Terracotta Spouted Vessel

£ 325.00

A fine Western Asiatic terracotta vessel featuring a globular body with tapering shoulders leading to a short, cylindrical neck and everted, flat rim. The vessel sits upon a flat base and has an applied handle attached from the neck to the shoulder. A spout extends up from the shoulder and is strengthened with a bar attached to the end of the spout and rim. The vessel is further enriched with geometric patterns painted in a dark pigment. The rim is decorated with linear lines and a thick horizontal band which follow down the neck. A horizontal frieze covers the body with stylised trees presented underneath the spout, cross hatching, which may represent a canopy on one side, and an animal and possible figure motif on the other. The scenes are framed by several bands. Earthly encrustation is visible and covers parts of the designs.

Date: Circa 1st millennium BC
Provenance: Acquired 1980-2015. Ex Abelita family collection.
Condition: Fine condition, some hairline cracks and a repair along the base up the body to the shoulder.


Ancient Western Asiatic artistic production dating to the 3rd millennium BC is characterised by finely potted, high fired terracotta vessels, usually enriched by dark pigmented geometric or zoomorphic decorations. Such vessels would have been produced to store food, but also as burial goods to be placed with the deceased in the tomb. Flaring cups and globular jars, such as this fine example, are among the most popular artefacts excavated. Although the first examples of such pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives, terracotta wares evolved embracing aesthetics from a multitude of cultures.

Weight 2250 g
Dimensions W 23 x H 27 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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